On September 3 we made a presentation to the parents of the 44 Martigny children who will participate in A violin can change the world.
Nearly 80 people—parents, children, and in some cases entire families—joined us in the main meeting room at the town hall.
Martigny’s elementary schools were represented by the teachers who will participate in the project, other school personnel, and Martigny school superintendent Raphy Darbellay, who led the meeting.
After a brief introduction, he yielded the floor to Anne-Laure Couchepin, the Martigny town council member for education, who expressed the community’s deep commitment to and support for the project. She was followed by Vareille Foundation President Hélène Vareille, who outlined the reasons behind the project and the Foundation’s expectation that participating children will make significant academic progress, and then by Michel Beytrison, who stressed that all parties are committed to careful, accurate measurement of the project’s long-term impact. The meeting closed with remarks by two members of the Valais conservatory who will work with the children: Carine Saillen, who will introduce them to music, and Vérène Zay, who will teach the violin classes.
Kim Gaynor and Pauline Daragon of the Verbier Festival also attended the event.
Presenters and attendees stayed after the meeting for refreshments**, giving parents an opportunity to ask a wide range of questions.